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Lexmark X4550 not printing in Vista can't enable bi-directional

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"Bi Directional Printing" is a statement of Parallel Port printing. Are you connected from your PC to the Printer via the parallel port?\

Did you disconnect the USB cable form the PC and then delete the current driver prior to installing the Win 7 driver?

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

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Why should I turn on enable bi directional printer properties dialog box


If you have a bi directional printer then you can increase the print speed by enabling it in the properties. Most older printers only print in one direction and the return to a home position to print again. Bi directional printers will print in both directions so there is not wasted movement of the print head.

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I dont see enable bi-directional printing under ports tab


Please follow the steps below to enable bi-directional support:
  1. On your computer, go to Control Panel.
  2. Go to Printers & Faxes / Printers.
  3. Right-click on the Lexmark printer, and then select Properties from the menu.
  4. Click the Ports tab.
  5. Click the box next to Enable bidirectional support if it is not already checked.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click OK, and then try to print again.

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Jan 12, 2012 | Lexmark Office Equipment & Supplies

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Hi i have a major issue wiht my dell desktop i have vista and my issue is my printer i had to reinstall it and not it keeps saying i need to turn on enable bidirectional commmunication what dies this...


To enable bi directional printing:
Open Printers and Faxes in control Panel
Right Click on the Printers Icon
Select PROPERTIES
In the Properties dialog box select the PORTS tab
Near the bottom there is a check box to enable Bi-directional printing
Make sure it is checked
Click OK to exit the dialog box


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Jan 04, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Need to enable bi-directional support


Go to printers and devices and right click on the pic of the printer and click on printer properties!allmost sure its under the advanced tab!Good Luck!

Apr 09, 2010 | Canon Pixma iP4500 InkJet Printer

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CANT ENABLE BIDIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATION X4550


I have tried to set up this wireless printer on my laptop (windows vista basic). I run through installation and get message - installation complete and the green indicator light is fully on. When I try and print I get message Printer cannot communicate with computer - please turn on 'Enable Biodirectional Communication' in printer properties. I go to control panel/printer/propertie/ports/ and I see Enable Biodirectional communication - the box is grayed out and I cannot enable it. Any suggestions?

Jan 22, 2010 | Lexmark X4550 InkJet Printer

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Lexmark Z1480 gives an error message to Windows Vista "please turn on 'Enable Bidirectional Communication' setting..."


go into the bios on your computer (go into or run setup) usually f2 when booting. find the parrallel port and change the setting to bi directional

Nov 05, 2009 | Lexmark Office Equipment & Supplies

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Won't print with vista operating system


You may have to change the communication format called the "Spool format."
Please follow the steps given below to change the spool data format:
1. Click on "Start," "Control Panel," "Printers and Other Hardware" and "Printers and Faxes."
2. Then, right click on the Lexmark printer icon and left click "Properties."
3. Either on the "Advanced" tab or the "General" tab for some models, there is a "Print Processor" button, left click it.
4. This is the spool format setting. Under "Print processor" it should be set to "Lexmark *** series print processor." Next, under "Default datatype," select "NT EMF 1.008."
5. Click "OK" and exit back out to your desktop.
6. Please try printing again.

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What it means Enable Bidirectional Communication


To enable bi directional printing:
Open Printers and Faxes in control Panel
Right Click on the Printers Icon
Select PROPERTIES
In the Properties dialog box select the PORTS tab
Near the bottom there is a check box to enable Bi-directional printing
Make sure it is checked
Click OK to exit the dialog box

Feb 17, 2009 | Lexmark X2470 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Printer (x4550) only prints last page of multipage document Sometimes will not print Microsoft word documents - they stay stuck in the queue. How do I get the latest driver for this printer?


  1. Go to the Lexmark Find Drivers/Product Selector page. Be patient, it's horribly slow and sometimes takes a while to load.
  2. Enter Lexmark X4550 under "Search by Model", and click the Search button.
  3. Select your OS from the dropdown (XP, Vista etc.).
  4. Click Download Now.
  5. If you're asked to Save or Run, choose to Run (it keeps you from having to go find the file and double-click it later).

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